MP seeks 15 kg foodgrains each for SC, ST

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New Delhi, Oct 20 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh has sought from Centre 15 kgs of foodgrains each for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other backward classes persons below poverty line living in hostels, old age and orphan homes run by social organisations in the state.

State government Food and Civil Supplies Minister Akhand Pratap Singh, who made the demand during his meeting with Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar here today, said the Central government is providing only 625 tonnes of the foodgrains against requirement of 2,747 tonnes.

The Madhya Pradesh minister also demanded additional allocation of levy sugar from sugar mills located in the state over and above the 12,800 tonnes being given to it for BPL consumers from factories in Maharashtra, adding the supply from the western state is not good and its delivery is also delayed.

Mr Singh also wanted release of additional grant of Rs 107 crore to MP State Civil supplies Corporation pending with the Centre.

He urged the Union Minister to take back 30,000 tonnes of red wheat, saying it was not fit for human consumption.

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